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NZRL RELUCTANTLY ACCEPTS McCLENNAN RESIGNATION
The NZRL was advised of his resignation late this afternoon.
"We're disappointed Bluey has reached this decision," said NZRL chairman Andrew Chalmers. "We offered him a substantial increase in his package to stay on as Kiwi coach until after next year's World Cup but we have no option but to reluctantly accept his decision."
Chalmers said it was a reality for New Zealand rugby league that big-spending professional clubs in England and Australia would always have the means to target the country's players and coaches.
"We can't compete with the money they can offer but we have to live with that," said Chalmers.
Chalmers said the NZRL would immediately begin its search for a replacement full-time coach who must be resident in New Zealand, and fully involved in the domestic high performance coaching and development structures.
The NZRL appointments committee chaired by director of football Graham Lowe and supported by Howie Tamati and Frank Endacott (all ex-Kiwi coaches) has been asked to short list candidates and conduct interviews.